Court Challenge Against Stadium Demolition Defeated

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

There’s nothing stopping demolition crews rolling bulldozers through Sydney’s Allianz Stadium after a court challenge against the New South Wales government’s plan to flatten the venue was defeated a second time.

Last week the Land and Environment Court threw out a challenge by Local Democracy Matters and Waverley Council against the government’s $730 million plan to flatten and rebuild Allianz Stadium.

The community group took the matter to the NSW Court of Appeal on Friday but it was again defeated meaning demolition will likely continue.

New South Wales Labor leader Michael Daley wrote to Ms Berejiklian on Thursday demanding “hard demolition” be halted until after the election.

Labor says if it wins the March 23 election it will refurbish rather than rebuild the Moore Park stadium to save hundreds of millions of dollars.

“Gladys Berejiklian will be known as the wrecking ball of New South Wales politics,”  Greens MP David Shoebridge said outside court on Friday afternoon when labelling the court’s decision “very disappointing”.

“The wreckers will go in, the stadium’s going to be destroyed, and the people of this state won’t get to have their voice heard or their opinions heard at the next state election (on March 23).

Meanwhile, Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s government was accused of misleading the community after it was revealed it’s considering raising parts of Warragamba Dam wall significantly higher than what’s been admitted publicly.

Documents seen by AAP show the wall will be designed so it can hold back an additional 17 metres of water even though the coalition initially plans to raise the flood level by just 14m.

Despite this, the government isn’t assessing the environmental impact of raising the wall an additional three metres.

The documents show the Berejiklian government plans to raise each end of the wall – the dam abutments – by 17m with the spillway initially set at 14m.

The design would allow the spillway to be modified in the future if climate change leads to increased flooding.

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